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A Walk in Nature: The Landscape and Architecture of Dan Kiley

Educator and author Jane Amidon presents on midcentury modern landscape architect Dan Kiley. After the lecture please join us for the Opening Reception of this renown long awaited exhibition. $20 (2 hrs)

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Garden, landscape and urban designer, architect, planner, visionary: in a career spanning the aftermath of the Great Depression through the exponential wealth of the dot com era, producing over 1,300 built and unbuilt works, Daniel Urban Kiley contributed centrally to the shape and definition of the American modernist landscape. He rarely approached landscape design as an autonomous pursuit, focusing instead on the expression of mutual relationships between site, architecture and environment, often in collaboration with eminent modern architects and deeply engaged clients. Kiley was inspired by the productive tension he found between the rationalism of classically-derived garden elements, such as the French baroque allee, bosque, tapis vert, ramp, pool and court, and dynamic site phenomena such as light and shadow, seasonal change and textural contrast. Kiley’s award-winning projects include the St. Louis Arch grounds, Oakland Museum gardens, Fountain Place in Dallas, the South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Miller House gardens in Columbus, Indiana.

In this talk, author and educator Jane Amidon offers an overview of Kiley’s approach to landscape design and discusses highlights of the iconic projects featured in the Dan Kiley exhibit. She is the founding editor of Source Books in Landscape Architecture and writes about modern and contemporary landscape architecture and urbanism practices. She is the author of Dan Kiley, a forthcoming volume in the Masters of Modern Landscape Design series published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Library of American Landscape History.

After this presentation, please join in the opening of the exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, outside the theater, as well as the accompanying reception.

Special luxury motor coach round-trip transportation from CAMP in Palm Springs to UCR Pam Desert is an additional option with your ticket purchase to make the ride to-and-from Palm Desert more enjoyable for you and your friends. Book your tickets with transportation for only $25 additional. Arrive in time for the lecture, exhibition opening and reception.

This exhibition is organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), sponsored by Modernism Week and hosted by UCR Palm Desert.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The opening of the exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley and accompanying reception will immediately follow this presentation, and continue until 6 p.m.
Those purchasing General Admission + Bus Transportation tickets are to check in at CAMP (230 Museum Way) no later than 2 p.m., with departure for UCR Palm Desert promptly at 2:15 p.m. The bus will leave UCR Palm Desert at 6 p.m. and return to CAMP at approximately 6:45 p.m.
When entering the campus area, please look for directional signs for Parking Lot B and park in that area only.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

UCR Palm Desert Main Theater, Building B, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Photo Credits: Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana. Courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art., Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana. Courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art., Fountain Place, image courtesy of Aaron Kiley, Lehr Residence, image courtesy of Aaron Kiley, Airforce Academy, image courtesy of Aaron Kiley.


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